Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Sheffield care home deputy manager admits £15,000 fraud

A deputy care home manager is facing a possible prison sentence after she admitted defrauding 25 residents out of almost £15,000.

Denise Nichols, of Kiveton Lane, Rotherham, admitted taking £14,646.84 from residents at the Wensley Street Care Home in Sheffield.

The 55-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position between 2008 and 2013.

She was bailed ahead of sentencing at Sheffield Crown Court on 12 February.

The fraud was uncovered after an audit in September.

It is understood the money has been repaid.

'Financial irregularities'

Wensley Street Care Home, which is owned by South Yorkshire Housing Association, provides care and accommodation for up to 30 people with learning disabilities, according to the latest Quality Care Quality Commission report.

Kevan Taylor, chief executive of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, which provides staff to the care home, said the fraud came to light following a review.

He said "financial irregularities were identified and a thorough investigation has taken place".

"The Trust has worked closely with the Police and South Yorkshire Housing Association throughout and, as a result of the investigation, a member of Trust staff has been dismissed.

"Given the forthcoming hearing at Sheffield Crown Court, we are not able to comment further at this stage."

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